The character Clark Griswold is so associated with Christmas -especially outdoor Christmas lights- that it's sometimes hard to remember that Christmas Vacation was the second sequel to National Lampoon's Vacation. You'll be watching it again this holiday seasopn, so you may as well have some talking points to impress true family with. Like:
1. If the Griswold’s neighbor’s house looks familiar that’s because it’s the house Murtaugh lived in throughout the Lethal Weapon movies. Yes, the Griswolds and the Murtaughs all resided on the Warner Brothers Studios lot. Relive the suburban nostalgia with virtual tour of the neighborhood here.
2. The Dodge pickup truck that tailgates and provokes Clark and his family during the movie’s opening scenes was also used by Kurt Russel in Overboard.
As you read on, it becomes clear that Christmas Vacation is somehow related to just about every other movie made in Hollywood in the 1980s and '90s. Learn them all, and you'll sound like a cinema expert!